DIY Bathroom Cleaning Recipes Using Essential Oils
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12 Amazing DIY Bathroom Cleaning Recipes Using Essential Oils

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I love to make DIY bathroom cleaning recipes to use in our home.  I have three full baths and with a hubby, 3 sons (and a daughter) plus 5 grandkids who visit, our bathrooms are always needing a good cleaning.

12 amazing DIY bathroom cleaners using essential oils

Did you know that some cleaning products contain hidden toxic chemicals that don’t appear on labels but are linked to cancer, birth defects, fertility problems, asthma, hormone disruption and more?

You would be amazed at the amount of toxins in store-bought cleaners – and many of them aren’t even regulated by the FDA as the manufacturer’s label them as “fragrance”, which is considered proprietary and not regulated!

When I started to learn just how many toxins are in the cleaners we had in our home, we immediately began the switch to all-natural DIY bathroom cleaning recipes (and for other areas of our home).

As a cancer survivor, I do all I can to remove toxins from our home by switching to DIY bathroom cleaning recipes and personal care products, eating healthy and reducing the chances of a recurrence.

Thieves® Household Cleaner is my go-to, use for everything cleaner and we love it. If you don’t love it yet, you will after your cleaning is transformed by its strength and versatility.

This powerful, ultra-concentrated, plant-based solution is a helpful and naturally derived chore companion—helping you clean everything from wood floors to shower doors. And the best part? It doesn’t have any of the harsh chemicals you’ve removed from your lifestyle. That’s right, you don’t have to worry about what’s in Thieves Household Cleaner. It’s perfect to use around everyone in your whole family including pets.

Before we dive into some DIY bathroom cleaning recipes, let’s answer some questions you may have.

DIY Bathroom Cleaning Recipes with Essential Oils FAQs:

Q: What if I don’t have a certain oil called for in one of the recipes?

A: I’ve shared my favorite essential oils for each recipe, but you can swap out oils or substitute with your favorites or what you have on hand. Some of the most powerful essential oils for cleaning are lemon, lime, wild orange, thyme, peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus (globulus and radiata), tea tree, rosemary, and cinnamon. Try different blends to find your favorite.

Q: Do I have to use glass bottles for my mixes?

A: It’s a widely known fact that citrus essential oils can degrade plastic. For this reason, it is generally recommended to only store oils and DIY bathroom cleaning recipes using essential oils in glass. However, I’ve never had a problem mixing/storing my cleaning recipes in regular plastic spray bottles that do not use citrus oils. Here are my go-to bottles: glass and plastic.

Q. Why can’t I use castile soap in some of these recipes?

A: If the recipe calls for vinegar, you’ll want to avoid adding castile soap to the mix, as the two substances will react and form a gloppy, slimy mess. That’s why I simply use Thieves all-natural dish soap when a recipe calls for vinegar AND dish soap.

Q: Which essential oils do you use?

A: There are new essential oil companies popping up regularly, but I will only use Young Living due to their high quality, extensive testing and seed to seal guarantee. The oils are third-party tested for purity, ethically sourced around the globe on farms owned by Young Living, and I’m proud to be associated with a company that actively works with charities to stop human trafficking,  provide jobs for the impoverished, support the health and education of children and much more. I’m happy to personally help you get these oils in your home, too– click here to see how you can connect with me.

Q: Are there any essential oil blends suited to cleaning?

A: Yes. In addition to Thieves essential oil and cleaner, lemon is great for degreasing, oregano for antibacterial properties and many, many more. They have powerful cleansing properties and I always mix them into my DIY bathroom cleaning recipes.

Q. Why do you list distilled water instead of tap water in the below recipes?

A. Ordinary tap water contains minerals (thus the faucet buildup that happens) as well as a minute amount of bacteria and, in some cities, fluoride. Fluoride, despite being added to tap water for many years, has been linked to cancer. Distilled water is a type of purified water that has had both contaminants and minerals removed.

Tips for using Thieves Household Cleaner

Thieves Household Cleaner is safe to use at a 15:1 dilution or higher for most non-porous surfaces. One capful of Thieves Household Cleaner is equal to approximately ½ tablespoon, so ½ cup of water mixed with one capful of cleaner yields a 15:1 dilution.

  • Most cleaning applications use 30 parts water to 1-part Thieves Household Cleaner—more concentrated dilutions may be necessary for some uses.
  • For best results, mix only the amount of cleaner that you will need to use right away.
  • Before using Thieves Household Cleaner, do a small spot test in an inconspicuous location, especially on wood, plastic, fabric, and granite.
  • Do not use this product on soft plastics or vinyl. (although we have used it on vinyl floors and it worked beautifully without damaging the floor, I would not use it on vinyl-covered furniture without first testing an inconspicuous area).

Here are Twelve Fantastic DIY Bathroom Cleaning Recipes that I use in my home.

12 DIY Bathroom Cleaning Recipes

Soft scrub for bathtubs, toilets, and sinks!

  • In a bowl or spray bottle, mix the following:
  • To use: Apply the mixture with a damp cloth or brush and scrub away.

Here’s another great one we use alternatively with the one above, especially during the holidays, but it smells great year-round.

Christmas Spirit Soft Scrub

If you are obsessed with the Christmas Spirit hand soap, like I am – then you need to try this DIY Bathroom cleaning recipe.

Ingredients:

DIY Bathroom Cleaning “Fizzies”

Remove buildup from toilet bowls and stubborn shower floors!

These cleaning Fizzies are so good at cleaning toilet bowls and shower floors that we make them every few months to keep on hand.

Ingredients:

Instructions:

1. In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients and mix evenly.

2. In a separate bowl, combine water, essential oils or blends, and V-6.

3. Pour liquids into a large bowl and whisk together until combined.

4. Use mixture to fill ice cube tray or candy mold about three fourths full. If mixture expands and spills over mold, gently replace into the mold.

5. Let sit overnight to dry in room temperature area. When dry, pop tablets out and store in a glass jar or other airtight container.

6. When needed, put a tablet in the toilet bowl, hard-to-clean bottles, or sink full of dishes to help clean and deodorize. Let tablet sit in bowl, bottle, or sink for 20-30 minutes to fizz and dissolve. Once dissolved, flush or rinse out.

Shower Soap Scum Daily Spray

Use after each shower to get rid of water droplets and prevent soap scum build up.

  • In a spray bottle, mix the following:
  • Spray shower walls and door daily.
  • Squeegee excess off.

Incredible DIY Toilet Scrub for Deep Cleaning

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/3 cup Thieves dish soap
  • 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide
  • 30 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 3/4 cup water
  • Mix all in spray bottle and store in shower.

Showerhead and Faucet Cleaner

This DIY bathroom cleaning recipe is one you’ll definitely want to have on hand.  Have you ever noticed that your faucet or showerhead starts to spray wonky or not as much?  This cleaner will do the trick to remove gunk and mineral buildup.

  • In a plastic bag, mix the following:
    • 1 teaspoon Thieves Household Cleaner
    • ¾ cup white vinegar
  • Attach the full bag to faucets and fixtures with rubber bands.
  • Leave for several hours.
  • Scrub with a coarse brush if needed to remove hard water stains.
  • Rinse well.

Shower Door Deep-Clean DIY Bathroom Cleaning Recipe

While the daily shower door cleaner recipe above will help prevent water droplets and soap scum, when you need a deep clean for your shower doors, this one is the best, hands-down!

  • In a spray bottle, mix the following:
  • Spray liberally onto the surface and scrub with a sponge to remove spots.
  • Rinse well and dry.

Fresh Mint Miracle Mirror and Glass Cleaner

This one is also fantastic for mirrors and other bathroom glass – I won’t use anything else, anymore!

WOW Wood Cabinet Polish

If you have wood cabinets in your bathroom like we do, you’ll also want to whip up this DIY wood cleaner with essential oils.  We use it in every room of our house from kitchen cabinets, to coffee tables.  It is AMAZING for eliminating buildup and for a fantastic wood shine – it also smells soooo good!

In a spray bottle or bowl, mix the following:

  • 5-10 drops Pine essential oil
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ capful Thieves Household Cleaner
  • Apply evenly to cabinets with a damp cloth.
  • If cabinets have heavy buildup, extra scrubbing may be required.

Fresh Linen Spray

Keep your towels smelling fresh and clean long after they are out of the wash with this easy and gorgeous-smelling linen spray.

  • 1/4 cup distilled water
  • 3 tablespoons witch hazel or vodka
  • 20 drops lavender essential oil
  • 15 drops frankincense essential oil
  • Add all ingredients to a small spritzer or spray bottle, shake well, and spray on sheets, pillowcases, and linens.

The last of the DIY Bathroom Cleaning Recipes that I’m sharing today is for tackling yucky bathroom odors.  Instead of Febreze with toxins, try one of these DIY air fresheners.

Sweet Lavender Air Freshener

  • 3/4 cup distilled water
  • 2 tablespoons vodka, witch hazel or real vanilla extract
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops chamomile essential oil
  • Combine in an 8 oz spray bottle, shake to combine. Spray throughout the house to eliminate odors or stale smells.  We keep one in each bathroom.

Lemon-Basil Air Freshener

This air freshener has a fresh and clean scent, perfect for a light and bright home. Lemon essential oil is said to nourish the skin while the basil balances with its earthy tones.

  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 2 tablespoons vodka or witch hazel
  • 5 or 6 drops of basil essential oil
  • 5 drops lemon essential oil
  • Combine in an 8 oz spray bottle, shake to combine

Orange Rose Air Freshener

This combination is romantic and revitalizing, great for a soft, feminine atmosphere or anyone who needs a mood boost.  Orange boosts energy and adds a lovely citrus scent while rose is said to Decreases anxiety and stress, act as an antibacterial and antifungal, stimulate sex drive and ease depressive symptoms.

  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 2 tablespoons vodka or witch hazel
  • 7 drops of orange essential oil
  • 7 drops of rose essential oil
  • Combine in an 8 oz spray bottle, shake to combine

What DIY bathroom cleaning recipe are you going to try first?  Is there a DIY bathroom cleaning recipe not listed that you would like to see?  Comment below. I’d love to hear from you!

Living the oily life,

Sue

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